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Dabaab Camp to get closed by Kenya

As a response, the United Nations has urged Kenya to reconsider its decision to close Dabaab Camp

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Publish Date: May 12 2016 2:47PM | Updated Date: May 12 2016 2:47PM

Dabaab Camp to get closed by Kenya

Dabaab camp, is claimed to be world’s biggest refugee camp with around 3, 28,000 people taking refuge in the camp.

 

But now, the Kenyan government is planning to close the camp which has hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees. 

 

The reason as given by the government is that it harbors some of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic extremists and is a hub for smuggling weapons.

 

According to Kenyan security forces, al-Shabab planned three large-scale attacks from Dadaab.

 

The decision has been condemned by domestic and international rights groups and organizations dealing with refugees. 

Apart from Dabaab, Kenyan government is planning to close Kakuma camp also which is home to 1, 90,000 people of mostly South Sudanese fleeing of war.

 

As a response, the United Nations has urged Kenya to reconsider its decision to close Dabaab Camp.

 

Eleven non-governmental organizations operating in Kenya issued a statement Tuesday urging the government to reconsider the intended closure of the refugee camp.

 

 

Those signing the statement include the International Rescue Committee, World Vision, the Danish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, Action Africa, Help International, the Lutheran World Federation, OXFAM, The Refugee Consortium of Kenya, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and Heshima Kenya.

 

 

The group also asked help from other countries in order to expand refugee camps so that the burden of refugees may get shared by Kenya and other countries.